Snow Women’s Basketball Adds Kennedy Eskelson to the Program

first_imgApril 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Basketball Adds Kennedy Eskelson to the Program Written by Tags: Kennedy Eskelson Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Saturday evening, Snow College women’s basketball added another key signing in former Green Canyon star guard Kennedy Eskelson.Eskelson had a successful senior season for the Wolves as she amassed 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.The versatile guard added 75 assists, 51 steals and 28 3-pointers this past season for the 18-6 Wolves.last_img

Upfield relaunches Flora with plant-based recipe

first_imgUpfield, owner of the former Unilever spreads business, has relaunched the Flora brand with a 100% plant-based recipe.The company is aiming to tap the booming interest in plant-based and vegan diets with the relaunch, which has removed buttermilk from the spread and introduced an improved flavour.The relaunch includes its retail and professional range and all four variants – Flora Original, Flora Light, Flora Buttery and Flora Dairy Free. In addition to the new recipe is a revamped look featuring a sunflower to highlight the brand’s plant-based origins.Upfield said the products were suitable for all catering needs, including spreading, frying, baking and cooking, and added that Flora’s Dairy Free spread would be made available to caterers as part of the relaunch.This would remove layers of complexity from the kitchen, according to the business, as caterers would no longer have to make separate meals because of fears the dairy-free offering wouldn’t deliver on taste.“Consumer diets are changing, there is a great awareness around what people are eating and where that food comes from,” said Upfield UK and Ireland general manager Steven Hermiston. “With plant-based dishes also growing in popularity, our new range of Flora allows operators to cater to the evolving consumer demands.”He added that foodservice professionals needed solutions to help them remove allergens without compromising on taste.“By using Flora Dairy Free, operators can serve great-tasting dairy-free food to all consumers with total confidence.”Upfield was created following the acquisition of the Unilever spreads business in 2017 by private equity firm KKR. Operating in 95 countries from 57 manufacturing sites, the business has more than 100 brands, including Becel, Stork, Flora, Country Crock, Blue Band, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Rama and ProActiv.last_img read more

New sustainable development wired up for the future

first_img ScoMo boosts buyer mojo MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS LITTLE Street Luxury Residences, the recently announced 30-unit residential project coming to Belgian Gardens, is the brainchild of a partnership between a builder and environmental scientist.With the goal of creating a sustainable and ‘future-proof’ project, the developers have incorporated innovative features straight out of the new movie 2040. The development will offer two, three and four-bedroom units and townhouses, all incorporating considered design and sustainability principles, with prices starting from $495,000.Construction is scheduled to start late this year. “Features like wiring parking spaces for electric vehicles and options for battery storage are all about future-proofing these homes,” Mr McDonough said. “The developer has really thought through the design and future demands of this project, and worked with award-winning architects to create homes as clever as they are comfortable, and functional as they are luxurious.center_img Sales agent Martin McDonough said the project had been designed with sustainability and future technologies in mind. READ MORE: Buyers high on interest rate low “It also has the added extras of design and materials that reduce running costs by being low-maintenance, incorporating energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to reduce power costs.”Little Street Luxury Residences also benefits from a combination of enticing features including hillside elevation, north-facing, 180-degree ocean views, and is located less than 3.4km from Townsville CBD. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“These apartments and townhouses are designed for the urban environment, for our modern needs, and advance sustainability of modern property development.” Mr McDonough said the design used space, natural light and ocean breezes to create a sense of comfort and luxury.“This project has everything you would expect from a luxury development — prime location, stunning water views, stylish interiors, modern design, high-end finishes and exclusivity,” he said.last_img read more

Little Silver Helpers Support the Community

first_imgBy Allison Perrine Aside from the goodie bags, Little Silver Helpers has teamed up with local police to expand its “Code Red” system, which provides residents with emergency information. The Helpers went through voter records and identified the seniors in town who are age 80 or above. The volunteers then reached out to those individuals to see if they were registered with Code Red, if they had masks, or had other needs. They helped get about a quarter of the 80-plus population in town on the Code Red system. The article originally appeared in the July 16 – 22, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. That was one of the number one concerns for HABcore when the pandemic hit, Quinn said. “We were really concerned because when you don’t have this type of therapy for even a short period of time, it can make an additional challenge for these kids. It’s that much harder for them to recover, get back in the education mode.” “This amazing group came full-speed ahead and provided – with a really short period of time – an amazing boatload, literally, of gifts for these kids so they can have some joy,” and still receive the educational services they need, said Quinn. “It’s about all of us coming together to help the entire family.” HABcore also received several “major donations” and was able to provide laptops to these families so they could receive telehealth, said Quinn. Little Silver Helpers got involved with HABcore through Thygeson, a former part-time employee of the organization. She knew that since the group sometimes needed help before the pandemic, it could surely use some during this challenging time. From there, HABcore’s case management team provided a list of special needs children in the program along with three wish list items for each child and their siblings.  With the assistance of dozens of community members, the Helpers were able to complete each child’s wish list. HABcore case managers and staff delivered the goodie bags throughout the week. Gifts included educational toys, soft textured items, puzzles donated by Distinctive Toys in Fair Haven and more. HABcore provides permanent housing and support for people in need. As the pandemic hit, members recognized the challenges that would soon face special needs children in its program – especially with the disruption of in-home instruction. There are about 125 children in the program throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties and 40 of them have varying disabilities, according to Quinn. LITTLE SILVER – Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic would have greater impacts on certain community groups than others, three Little Silver women came together to form a grassroots group that could lend a hand. “This community right now with this whole pandemic, we’re never going to forget this time in our lives,” said Marta Quinn, senior director of development with HABcore. And that includes the families who have been aided by the Little Silver Helpers. “I’m just so impressed and I’m so pleased to be a part of this.” “What we initially thought was we wanted to help those who were on the frontlines of the pandemic, and at the same time we wanted to help the businesses in our town survive,” said McGagh. Spearheaded by Jennifer McGagh, Taryn Lenahan and Corinne Thygeson, Little Silver Helpers now has over 100 volunteers who help throughout the community. Their most recent effort aids special needs children in the Red Bank-based HABcore program. This week, volunteers with the Little Silver Helpers grassroots group delivered goodie bags to individuals with special needs in the HABcore program. Courtesy Little Silver Helpers That meant ordering food from different restaurants and delis in town and delivering meals to the hospitals and doctor’s offices. It also meant running errands for the elderly or those impacted by the novel coronavirus. As weeks went on, the women started taking donations and, as money came in, they were able to expand their services. While the original goal of the Helpers was to assist those in need during the pandemic, the organizers plan to continue it as long as they can. Even after the initial funds are depleted, the group wants people to know they’re still around and can be contacted if anyone needs help. Anyone interested in learning more about Little Silver Helpers, volunteering or donating can email [email protected], call 732-383-5017, Venmo @LittleSilver-Helpers or visit its Facebook page.last_img read more

How Plants Send Email: Update

first_imghref=”crev07.htm#plant17″>07/13/2001 headline), we reported the startling finding that plants talk to themselves in email.  What’s new in this field?  Is there really an interplant intranet?    In the Oct. 5 issue of Current Biology,1 Norman, Frederick and Sieburth report evidence that a signal molecule named BYPASS1 is sent from the roots to the tips of the plant, and suppresses the growth of leaves.  It acts as a negative regulator of plant growth hormones.    Plant growth hormones are produced in the tips of shoots.  With too much growth hormone, leaves might grow too rapidly without knowing when the roots are struggling to find water, are having trouble getting through compacted soil, or fighting other harsh conditions.  The roots need to be able to regulate leaf growth, therefore, and must be able to turn up the release of hormone only when the supply is adequate.  The report on EurekAlert describes the control like a faucet handle that the root turns, but since the flow is at the shoot, the handle is really up where the leaves are.  By sending this chemical signal up the network, the root has remote control over the spigot of growth hormone: something akin to switch remotely operated by a computer system administrator, who sends a correctly-formatted message the switch understands.    This explains how the same plant can look different depending on where it grows.  Plants are composed of cells without a central nervous system or brain, yet the various parts need to act in concert.  A plant can’t just walk away in tough times to look for greener pastures; it has to respond as a unit to changing conditions.  The solution is a coordinated system of signals, feedback and regulatory functions.  This study shows that roots are not just sending water and nutrients blindly upward, unaware of the conditions above ground.  They are sending chemical signals to keep in touch with the leaf tips.  Undoubtedly this is two-way communication, because the roots also must be informed of conditions above ground.    BYPASS1, a gene that codes for a carotenoid compound, is one more example of signal transduction, or “email,” in plants.  The July 2001 headline spoke of messenger RNA used for signalling.  Undoubtedly proteins and other chemical compounds as well are used in the interplant intranet to convey messages.  Each chemical needs a receptor at the destination that understands the message.  A plant, therefore, comprises an information processing system.  Because information is passed throughout the branching pathways inside a plant, with sources and destinations defined, containing messages that are translated and understood and acted upon, the analogy to email over an intranet is an apt one.    Overarching this system is a network of networks.  Different species of plants are also able to communicate with each other through the underground pipeline (see 06/17/2004 headline).  This shows that the local area networks of individual plants are combined into a wide-area network, or internet.  Information processing over a communication network is therefore the foundation of ecology:Plant architecture is regulated by endogenous developmental programs, but it can also be strongly influenced by cues derived from the environment.  For example, rhizosphere conditions such as water and nutrient availability affect shoot and root architecture; this implicates the root as a source of signals that can override endogenous developmental programs. …The BPS1 expression profile clustered with a group of genes containing many kinases and transcription factors proposed to possibly function in a signaling network.1Another article on EurekAlert discussed how researchers at Duke University are following one particular email message, a protein regulator in root cells.  The scientists “made the surprising finding that the … protein is one means by which one root cell ‘talks’ to another to instruct it to develop in a certain way.”1Norman, Frederick and Sieburth, “BYPASS1 Negatively Regulates a Root-Derived Signal that Controls Plant Architecture,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 19, 5 October 2004, Pages 1739-1746, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.09.045.When you send an email to a friend, it presupposes a large infrastructure of computers, routers, wires, and software.  Without them, your message would sit in your computer and go nowhere.  Your message is formatted into packets according the standards of internet protocol.  Every piece of hardware and software in the network has to understand the protocol.  It has to be able to read the header to properly route the packet from the source to the destination.  Some messages can be broadcast to a group of recipients, or to everyone on the network.  Some require acknowledgement before action; others, like a message in a bottle, can be picked up by any recipient.  Different protocols provide many different services.  Somehow, a plant accomplishes the same thing.  It can send messages to individuals, groups, or “anyone online.”  The receptors understand the messages and act accordingly.    The internet is a relatively new human invention that has revolutionized society.  It didn’t just happen.  It is the result of many efforts initiated by intelligent designers who dreamed of establishing a robust communications system.  As we pat ourselves on the back for our communications network, now we find that plants had one all along.  Think of the messaging going on from the roots of a giant redwood to the topmost leaves, and then all the messages being passed underground from plant to plant.  It wouldn’t be surprising to find out someday that plants are already programmed with spam filtering, security and antiterrorism surveillance and maybe even innovations we have not even imagined yet.    Signal transduction – the passing and recognition of messages – is a defining characteristic of life.  All living things are continually in the communication business.  Single cells have elaborate signal transduction mechanisms for recognizing “self” and “other” entities, and for regulating all the machines in the molecular factory.  Cells communicate with other cells.  Within multicellular organisms, cells communicate within the body and without.  Plants, animals and humans are constantly sending and receiving messages.  Even the machines humans make, from railroad semaphores to telegraphs to wireless internet communications, are extensions of our own intelligent signalling systems.  Inanimate matter does not do any of this on its own.  Solids, liquids and gases can exchange energy through conduction, convection and radiation, but neither send nor understand signals that allow them to make decisions, unless programmed by intelligent design.  Since signaling is a fundamental property of life, why should anyone presume it could emerge from nonlife?  Would it not make more sense to assume that there is a living Creator who is a communicator by nature, and that he extended his intelligence to the life he designed?    Non-sentient life might be considered analogous to our most advanced human robotics, with robust engineering design that allows it to respond to changing conditions (see 09/22/2004 headline).  Into humans, however, the Source of all communication – the Word – imbued an image of his own sentience, so that we can not only recognize and respond to messages, but understand them.  To these alone he shared the greatest communication of all (Hebrews 1:1-3).(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Richard MacManus’ Top 10 Web Products of 2010

first_imgThis month ReadWriteWeb is publishing a series of top 10 lists of the best products of 2010, each based on a specific category. This post is a little different, in that it’s my own personal top 10 list of my favorite products of 2010. I’m not claiming these are the best products of the year, only that they’re the products I used and loved the most. Some were new in 2010 (iPad, Flipboard), some came into their own due to the way trends played out (Instapaper, Evernote), some were relative ‘oldies but goodies’ that I simply got a lot of joy out of this year (Facebook, Shazam).Here are my favorites, in no particular order…iPad Without a doubt my favorite new device of the year was the iPad. It changed how I consume content, particularly media content and long-form writing. This year I read a large novel on the Kindle for iPad app (Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen – an excellent book!), I subscribed to magazines using the Zinio app on my iPad (Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone and others) and I found new ways to sort through and read online articles (Flipboard, Instapaper, DropBox and more). I also enjoyed the range of apps released by media businesses – Wired, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, and more. FacebookWe at ReadWriteWeb have given Facebook a fair amount of criticism this year – for privacy failures, bad design, de-valuing third party content, and more. Despite all that, I’ve come to love using Facebook! This year I used Facebook for everything from updating my thoughts while out and about, to posting my check-ins via Foursquare, to uploading photos I’d just taken of my local beach. The best part of Facebook this year, for me, was all of my family joining it. My Mum and Dad, along with my 2 brothers and 1 sister. All of them joined (or in one case resumed use of) Facebook this year. Much to my delight, because now I can follow my brother’s power lifting videos, my other brother’s iPod Touch finger paintings, my sister’s new-found interest in photography, my mother’s motherly comments and likes, my father’s witty updates. These are obviously all personal things to me, but I’m sure that you all have had similar experiences with your family or friends on Facebook this year. Related Posts FoursquareAt the beginning of the year, everybody was wondering which of the location-based social networks would take off: Brightkite, Gowalla, Foursquare, or a new entrant? The answer in 2010 has been Foursquare, which most of the people in my social graph use. I began to use it too, although frankly there isn’t a lot of practical benefit to Foursquare where I live– not enough people in my city use it for there to be real-time social benefits, nor have there been any discount coupons for me. However, I have found it to be a fun addition to my Facebook updates. I hope it becomes more useful though, because the game mechanics aren’t enough to sustain me.ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyChromeIn 2009 I switched from Firefox to Chrome, as my default browser. I felt bad for Mozilla, the organization that builds Firefox and whose ideals I admire. However, Chrome was simply faster and less prone to crashes. Chrome has continued to serve me well over 2010 and the addition of the Chrome App Store makes me curious about what it will offer in 2011. The browser market is fiercely competitive currently and I did check out a new entrant, RockMelt, recently. However I stuck with Chrome, as it hasn’t let me down.Flipboard Like many people, I’m enamored of the iPad app Flipboard and the way it’s changed how web content is consumed. I must admit that I’m not a daily user though. I sometimes feel like I’m flipping through too much content I just don’t want to consume. I’d like more serendipity. Perhaps I haven’t populated it yet with the right Twitter lists. Still, I hold out a lot of hope for Flipboard’s magazine paradigm of consuming blog and similar content. In 2011, I plan to use Flipboard a lot more.Honorable mentionsProducts that didn’t quite make my top 10, but which I use a lot and enjoy: Soup.io (my light blogging service of choice), Diamedic (an awesome iPhone app for diabetics), Lazyweb (my favorite topic tracker of the year, but this is a field which I think still needs a lot of work), DropBox (great way to sync files across devices), Mediagazer (probably my favorite news aggregator currently), Newsy (a video news app for iPad that I enjoyed throughout 2010) and Brushes (a finger painting app for iPad and iPhone).There you have it, my favorite Web products of 2010. Let me know your own picks in the comments! Tags:#2010 in Review#Lists#web#Year in Review richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market InstapaperI mentioned Instapaper above and it’s certainly one of my most used apps on the iPad. More importantly, Instapaper changed the way I consume blog and other media content. Due to a number of factors, over 2010 I didn’t have enough time or attention to regularly read content from Google Reader (my RSS Reader of choice). I ended up evolving to a different style of tracking and reading the news of the day. I generally now visit my favorite blogs and news aggregators, open articles of interest to me and then save them to Instapaper for later reading – usually on my iPad or iPhone. I also find stories via Twitter and Facebook, which I save the same way.ShazamI continue to marvel at the technology behind Shazam’s iPhone app. For anyone who isn’t familiar with it: if you hear a song playing on the radio or in the background at a store, open up Shazam and it will identify the title and artist. I use it often to find out what song is playing on my car radio, or at a bar or office. It’s the only app I use that makes me consistently mutter to myself: how do they do that?Evernote I still use my red Moleskine Cahier notebooks for freeform scribbling and note-taking. However, Evernote has increasingly become my home for other kinds of notes and for personal lists. I admire Evernote’s grand goal to become your “online brain” – to store everything from your lists, to notes about foods you discover, to photos of business cards. I’m nowhere near using it to that extent, but perhaps next year I’ll extend my use cases for this product. It’s nice that Evernote has that flexibility, in any case.TweetDeckI still find Twitter to be a user experience mess at times. For example, little bugs with Twitter lists that seem to occur every time I use them. TweetDeck has some of those frustrations too – in particular the syncing between devices is troublesome and imperfect. Nevertheless, I use TweetDeck each and every day to manage and write to @RWW (the company account, since August 2010) and @ricmacnz (my personal account now – follow me there if you can put up with my art and music ramblings).WoopraWithout a doubt the most addictive business tool I use. Tracking statistics for ReadWriteWeb is a crucial part of my work and Woopra provides a real-time view of what’s happening on ReadWriteWeb at any time of the day. I check it constantly. I get warm fuzzies when I see the WikiLeaks website driving lots of traffic to RWW. I smile inwardly when I see one of my own posts doing well. I frown when a post that I wrote isn’t setting the online world on fire. My curiosity is piqued when I see an old post getting action all of a sudden. So many emotions to sustain me through my working day as an online publisher! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Did Fitbit try to buy longstanding rival Jawbone for Christmas?

first_imgAfter settling patent infringement lawsuits in the run-up to Christmas, Fitbit supposedly offered to acquire Jawbone for an undisclosed amount.The two firms have been at each other’s throats for a few years, accusing each other of patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. Jawbone originally sued Fitbit in May 2015 and Fitbit filed a counter-suit later in the year.See also: Will Jawbone’s future mean no more wearables?Talks quickly ended once Fitbit revealed its offer, which was much lower than the $1.5 billion valuation Jawbone received last year, according to The Financial Times.Jawbone has been under pressure to find a solution to its financial problems by Blackrock, a major stakeholder in the firm. According to sources inside the company, it has been unable to find a buyer or investor willing to value the company “fairly.”The private company dropped in value from $3 billion to $1.5 billion in a year, and it seems most bidders have devalued Jawbone even more in 2017.The acquisition of Jawbone may have raised questions about Fitbit’s total dominance of the wearables market, as it would have come on top of the Pebble and Vector acquisitions.Fitbit has been scooping up a few wearable startups in the past few weeks, possibly due to analysts cooling their predictions on industry growth. The withdrawal of interest may have lowered the value of some startups, making them cost effective for the firm. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puckcenter_img Tags:#Fitbit#fitness tracker#jawbone#smartwatch#wearable Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Currylast_img read more

Lyon president would love to sign Olivier Giroud

first_imgJean-Michel Aulas revealed he’s been dreaming of signing Olivier Giroud for a long time now and hopes to make it a reality at the end of the season.The French striker has found regular opportunities hard to come by in London for the past couple of seasons at Arsenal and Chelsea.Giroud has only made six starts in his 12 Premier League appearances this season and recently confessed in an interview that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival leaves his Chelsea future in doubt.Now Lyon president Aulas has come forward and revealed his great interest in bringing back Giroud to his native France after spending the last six and a half years in London.The 69-year-old added that he had initially attempted to sign Giroud at the end of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup victory in Russia.“I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though.“Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players.“[At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.“We will have to see the coach who will be at the end of the season, but I like the boy. He’s a good person.”In total, Giroud has managed five goals and assists in 27 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.The 32-year-old’s fellow striker Alvaro Morata left Chelsea this week in favour of a return to Atletico Madrid on loan after falling of favour under coach Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more